Public Education Awards
Credit Union SA is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the 2017 Public Education Awards. The awards acknowledge the talent and dedication of people working in public education in SA.
This year five new categories were introduced to acknowledge the impact of individuals and teams who demonstrate strong leadership, community engagement, innovation, and outstanding outcomes in non-teaching roles. This included a new award to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees’ contribution to child development, educational attainment and wellbeing.
The 2017 awards ceremony were held on Friday 13 October at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Finalists received a signed certificate and $2,000 towards professional learning. Winners were presented with a trophy and $10,000 prize towards professional learning.
L-R: Peter Dinan, Credit Union SA Relationship Manager; Phil Kwan, Credit Union SA Executive Manager Brand & Member Experience; Rick Persse, Department for Education and Child Development Chief Executive; Clint Beard, 2017 winner of the Credit Union SA Primary Teacher of the Year award; Debbie Meich, Credit Union SA Sponsorship Coordinator; and John Elvin, Credit Union SA Relationship Manager.
2017 Award winners
Credit Union SA Primary Teacher of the Year
Teacher, Pooninidie Community Learning Centre
Clint teaches the year 5/6/7 class at Poonindie Community Learning Centre. He places high importance on the value of student voice, and creates opportunities for students to provide regular feedback on his teaching. Clint facilitates a safe environment for rigorous learning by developing individualised learning programs and attainable goals for all students. His success is demonstrated through improved learning outcomes.
Secondary Teacher of the Year
Campus manager Independent Learning Centre, Naracoorte High School
Tammy leads the Naracoorte Independent Learning Centre, which takes a holistic approach to health and wellbeing for disengaged and at-risk students, combined with a focus on improving educational outcomes. Tammy’s work on cultural change within the centre has resulted in significantly improved attendance and SACE completion rates, and has facilitated student success through timely connections to relevant services and resources.
Early Years Teacher of the Year
Teacher of the deaf, Klemzig Auslan Bilingual Preschool
Sandra is a passionate early childhood teacher and teacher of deaf children. By being committed to building reciprocal trusting relationships with families, she has the opportunity to provide deaf and hard-of-hearing children with the best language outcomes to become successful future citizens. Sandra has achieved this by developing learning programs, using appropriate curriculum, developmental learning assessments and reflective teaching strategies.
School and Preschool Support Award
Trade schools support officer, Kadina Memorial School
Hannah supports students to stay engaged with school and proactively plan for the future by connecting them with school-based apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience. By giving students the knowledge and confidence to explore opportunities to successfully establish and operate their own businesses, benefits are provided for both students and the local community.
System Excellence Award
Early childhood leader, Mount Gambier Regional Office
Suzie’s work highlights the impact of inquiry and reflective practice on pedagogy and professional capacity in early childhood educators. Sustainable change happens when educators are supported to engage in rich dialogue, informed by current theory and research. As a result, sites have reported increased engagement and motivation in literacy learning and the project has grown into a portfolio-wide professional learning community.
Community Engagement Award
Aldinga Beach Children's Centre
Aldinga Beach Children's Centre's vision is to 'create a learning community where we work together to be the best we can be'. Learning, connecting, celebrating and building belonging to the Aldinga and Sellicks community is at the heart of their work. Significant partnerships shape projects including The Giving Garden, Our Big Backyard and the Southern Deadly Fun Run Series, providing places of engagement and promoting the philosophy that learning happens everywhere.
Aunty Josie Agius Award
Preschool director, Port Lincoln Children's Cente
As a leader of an integrated long day care and preschool service since 2007, Joanne has established a strong sense of belonging and cultural connectedness for the Aboriginal families of the Port Lincoln area. She has worked extensively with a broad range of inter-agency support networks to build the centre’s capacity and attend to the health of the children.
Innovation in Practice Award
Salisbury East High School
Scott Dirix is the developer and leader of the Salisbury East Alternative Learning (SEAL) program at Salisbury East High School. This program re-engages students in learning pathways with a focus on employment outcomes through VET learning courses, workplace learning activities, community projects and student enterprise, while acting as a stand-alone alternative to SACE.
Teachers Health Leadership Award
Principal, Hospital School SA
Hospital School SA is a unique preschool to year 12 school assisting students with complex needs, and their families, in 2 hospital sites and a secondary school. Margot leads a multi-disciplinary team, working in partnership with health professionals and educators to support vulnerable young people to continue their learning programs until they can successfully re-enter school or other education pathways.
Performance Through Values Award
Northern Workabout Centre
Natasha coordinates the Northern Workabout Centre, an innovative, integrated model for connecting Aboriginal youth with pathways to sustainable employment. Natasha delivers training, tailors programs to meet the needs of Aboriginal students, and offers coaching to ensure students achieve to the best of their ability. Natasha goes above and beyond to provide individualised support to prepare students for success on their chosen pathway.